Showtime announced this week that season six of its hit series Shameless will premiere mid-January and provided fans with a glimpse of what absurd antics will explode onto screens this year. Throughout season five, the Gallagher children took autonomous paths and it seems as though the sixth season will continue to push the characters away from the chaotic and comedic group dynamic.
The premiere will take place months later during the harsh Chicago winter, perhaps giving Carl Gallagher (Ethan Cutkosky) a chance to complete his sentence in juvenile detention and for Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan) a chance to get evened out on his meds following his bipolar diagnosis. Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) the once maternal head of the motley crew, has found some much-needed maturity. With the gentrification theme sweeping the Southside of Chicago and threatening the Gallagher culture, she may finding herself losing the battle of keeping her family together, a foundational element of the show that has been missing the past few seasons.
Fans will quickly pick up on the absence of Mickey Milkovich (Noel Fisher) after his split from Ian and his arrest. The coined Gallavich story-line is a dominant pull within the show’s fanbase, and the lack of their relationship this season could mean a loss of viewership for the series. Though there may be hope for stability in Ian’s life following Mickey’s departure, which could benefit the couple in the long-term development of the show.
It was also revealed that Kev & V (Steve Howey and Shanola Hampton) will be learning to live with Yanis, a new “imposing” neighbor (though it’s going to prove difficult for anyone to top the Gallagher level of crazy) played by Kevin Sasso. Season five was a depressing change for this party-loving, spontaneous couple, and Yanis will hopefully unite Kev & V in a common cause.
Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) changed dynamically after losing his unprompted love interest, but is a true change in Frank really possible? Based on decades of alcoholism and family neglect, longstanding change in his ethics is probably not something that’s very realistic for the series.
Fiona’s love life will make a comeback though, as her boss Sean (Dermot Mulroney) will return to film season six. Rash, immature decisions made within her own love triangle fueled a hastened romance for Debbie (Emma Kenney), who if pregnant, would be showing at the time of the premiere. Despite Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Fiona’s original motive to keep their clan united and sane, recent disagreements and mistakes have led to their separate ideologies about what it means to be a Gallagher. The ongoing gentrification within Chicago is sure to pull at Lip’s identity crisis once again, but hopefully he’s learned to avoid swinging with his university professors.
Shameless returns to fight the good fight and will continue to defy what family-values look like on television. Season six premieres on Sunday, January 17 at 9/8c on Showtime. Grab a pint of your favorite beer from The Alibi and get ready for gentrified chaos.